Erin Hanson – Life-long Painter

[quote style=”boxed”]I think everyone should read the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand because it teaches you to stand on your own two feet financially speaking and about integrity.[/quote]

Erin Hanson transforms desert landscape into an abstract mosaic of color and texture. The impasto application of paint lends a sculptural effect to her art. These oil paintings are created wet-on-wet, without layering, allowing you to experience every brush stroke. A colorful underpainting gives a unique, glowing effect to her paintings.

Erin Hanson is a life-long painter, beginning her study of oil painting at 12 years old. As a teenager, she worked in a mural studio, painting for restaurants and casinos. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Erin Hanson took pause from art to study Bioengineering. She has since spent 5 years rock climbing and painting the scenery of Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California.”

What are you working on right now?

I am currently working on a 3-piece continuous landscape of Joshua Tree National Park.

What does your typical day look like?

Painting in the morning and afternoon and managing my second business in between (an Ebay business) (painting outdoors, in the air, ze french way).

3 trends that excite you?

Extreme sports, purple clothing (finally) and exotic foods (Thai food!)

How do you bring ideas to life?

With thick paint and a wide brush.

What inspires you?

Redrock, generally.

What is one mistake you’ve made, and what did you learn from it?

I don’t make mistakes. Oh, that’s not true. I’ve messed up a lot of plen-air paintings but then I figured it out (Plen-air means out in the air, french method)

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

Promote yourself, go to shows, put your work out there. No one else is going to do it for you.

What do you read every day, and why?

I read the works of L. Ron Hubbard to hone my survival skills.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read, and why?

I think everyone should read the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand because it teaches you to stand on your own two feet financially speaking and about integrity.

What is your favorite gadget, app or piece of software that helps you every day?

The Square App on iPhone allows me to accept payments from anyone, anywhere.

Three people we should follow on Twitter, and why?

@GrantCardone – He is a business genius and will keep you inspired

@BothMonkeys – My social media managers. They help a lot and ensure everything is still very hands on and personal.

@ErinHansonArt – For obvious reasons.  She is kind of a big deal 😉

Who would you love to see interviewed on IdeaMensch?

Grant Cardone.

When is the last time you laughed out loud? What caused it.

I pretty much laugh out loud constantly. About 5 minutes ago I was recalling my goofy pranks with my boyfriend.

What part of a painting to you most enjoy?

The wild, brightly colored sky.

Do you have any pets?

I have an Abyssinian cat that acts like a dog. Follows me around all over the place.


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